Kyrene Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Finalist
Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live? Corvallis, Oregon
Describe your artistic style. Mmm.....
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Color. I love matching pearls with the colors on stone backs, especially jaspers and agates.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? I am a pearl addict. I am amazed at the peacock colors and ever increasing assortment of shapes.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Kyrene
What inspired this design? I was learning to make wire-covered components and wanted to make a bib-style necklace, then just kept adding stuff.
How did it come together? Started the project with a plan, however, as I began working on it, it changed.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? My mother introduced me to beading when I was about six years old and taught me to make seed bead earrings from there. I have tried every technique I could and still try new ones when I can.
Do you have an artistic background? My mother inspired all my brothers and sisters to be creative and now we have in our family a professional oceanscape painter, landscape architect, custom furniture builder and me.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? I have been ordering beads from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads since it was a small magazine-sized catalog consisting mostly of turquoise beads.
What other hobbies do you have? My husband and I travel the globe discovering new daring destinations. I often incorporate items I have found on the bottom of the ocean into my wirework designs.
Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups? I host a small weekly beading group at my home. We collectively teach newcomers. It is amazing to watch them grow into their own style.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Jewelry-making is my passion, I design in my head while driving and I keep a pad of paper with me to jot down ideas while working. I sooooo wish I could do full time.
If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I have a website (www.mauritawolf.com) and I sell at local craft fairs. I also have private showings. This is my first contest entry.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I often donate pieces to local charity auctions.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Practice, try it, if you don't like it, take it apart and try again.